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The Student Loan Bubble Looks like “Déjà Vu”

Higher education is following the same pattern that housing did in the lead up to the 2008 financial crisis. Just like in housing during the previous decade, a student lending “bubble” is now being inflated by heavy federal interventions that could have severe unintended consequences.

Labor, Education & Pensions Legislative Alerts

Letter of Support: Employee Rights Act, S. 1507 and H.R. 2810

September 28, 2011 J

Dear Senator Hatch and Representative Scott,

On behalf of more than 1.8 million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I write in strong support of the Employee Rights Act, S. 1507 and H.R. 2810. Your bill halts the rapid expansion of overly-labor-friendly regulations and restores proper balance to labor-management relations.

Three damaging actions have recently come from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the independent agency charged with mediating union elections and enforcing labor laws. This should come as no surprise: President Obama has stacked the NLRB with former employees of the Service Employees International Union; one was recess-appointed and never confirmed by the Senate.

Letter of Support: Employee Rights Act, S. 1507 and H.R. 2810

September 28, 2011 J

Dear Senator Hatch and Representative Scott,

On behalf of more than 1.8 million Americans for Prosperity activists in all 50 states, I write in strong support of the Employee Rights Act, S. 1507 and H.R. 2810. Your bill halts the rapid expansion of overly-labor-friendly regulations and restores proper balance to labor-management relations.

Three damaging actions have recently come from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), the independent agency charged with mediating union elections and enforcing labor laws. This should come as no surprise: President Obama has stacked the NLRB with former employees of the Service Employees International Union; one was recess-appointed and never confirmed by the Senate.

Will Congress Stop the NLRB?

September 13, 2011 J

We need legislation to confirm that employers can decide where to conduct business.

Phil Kerpen
September 13, 2011 4:00 A.M.

The Obama administration appears intent on using back-door means to accomplish every element of the extreme legislative agenda that the American people decisively rejected in the 2010 midterm election. Nearly every agency has been in on the act, but perhaps the most egregious behavior has been that of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is pursuing not just what was in the failed “card check” legislation, but a frontal assault on the right to work in America. This week, we’ll find out which members of Congress are willing to stand up to this rogue agency.

Read the rest at National Review.

Take action at StoptheNLRB.com.

Another Union Power Grab

August 16, 2011 J

Obama's union boss buddies poured hundreds of millions into getting him and his Democratic allies elected in 2008, but they were unable to pass their signature legislation stripping workers of private ballot rights. And in last year's midterm election, they were wiped out.

But Obama's union buddies at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) won't take no for an answer.

The board is packed with radical union lawyers that Obama installed by the back door – so-called recess appointments to sidestep the Senate. Consider the words of Craig Becker, the former SEIU lawyer Obama put on the NLRB without Senate approval:

"Employers should be stripped of any legally cognizable interest in their employees' election of representatives."

Tim Phillips in the Washington Examiner: Lessons for the Right from the first Wisconsin recall battle

August 10, 2011 J

Last night’s state senate recall elections where the GOP held its majority in the face of a $20 million union and left-wing assault demonstrates that standing for lower taxes, less spending and reform of outrageous public union pensions is a winner with the people.

Fed up with years of failed big government, last fall Wisconsin citizens took their state in the direction of economic prosperity by rejecting the Left and electing an entire slate of free market GOP candidates from state assembly to governor.

Earlier this year, Gov. Walker and Republican legislators followed through on their promises by introducing a truly bold Budget Repair Bill that dramatically cut the state’s bloated spending, held the line on taxes and reformed the outlandish public employee pensions and health benefits. These pensions and benefits were far beyond anything folks in the private sector receive.

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